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Some Breast Milk Sold Online Could Be Dangerous

One Colorado Springs nurse is talking to 11 News about a recent study.
The journal Pediatrics released a study about buying breast milk online.
Researchers purchased a few more than a hundred samples of breast milk from some websites.
They say a number of samples came back with bacteria including three with salmonella.
Jolene Bedford, a Registered Nurse at Saint Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, who also works in the lactation center there, says it may not be the healthiest idea to buy breast milk online because there's no way to know how the milk has been stored, the health of the mom and the technique in which it was taken.
However, she tells 11 News there are better ways for babies to get breast milk if their mother's aren't able to produce it and they can't drink formula.
Here in Colorado there's what's called the Mother's Milk Bank, a non-profit program out of Denver. Bedford tells 11 News Saint Francis Medical Center is a breast milk depot station which means women who have milk to donate can drop their milk off there after they call The Mother's Milk Bank and go through a screening interview; if they pass the interview they have to have their blood drawn at the Medical Center, free of charge. The blood is then sent to the Milk Bank in Denver where it is tested. If she is healthy and the tests are good, the donor can drop off milk as often as she wants. Bedford explained that Saint Francis Medical Center will make sure it is transported to the milk bank where it will be processed.
"They need mother's milk and if their own mother is unable to provide it, we are fortunate to have milk from other women."
Often times hospitals buy that milk and use it for babies staying in the NICU.
We found a Colorado Springs mom who has used milk from Mother's Milk Bank for her baby for several months, but before she got it, she too thought about getting milk online.
"I did look online specifically on Facebook there were several milk sharing groups here locally and some nationally," Mandy Egolf said.
Egolf had problems after two months producing and pumping milk and her baby couldn't take formula. She looked online and ultimately decided against it.
"I was always uneasy in my heart about that option because they always made it clear that it was up to the ones buying and giving to screen and say you are healthy."
She got a prescription from her doctor and applied for breast milk from the Mother's Milk Bank.
The research shows buying breast milk online is a pretty popular trend, but officials says donating to a milk bank is a less risky way to do it because of the screening and testing procedures.
For more information on Mother's Milk Bank here in Colorado


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